Firms are disinfecting goods before shipping to China

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian companies exporting to China are disinfecting their products as per requirements.

Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce trade fair and business development committee chairman Koh Keng Kok said China has been checking for the Covid-19 virus in all imported products.

“When we export anything to China – be it frozen or dry food – the authorities there will check every container for the virus.

“After you get the product certified as inspected, only then can you start selling it there, ” he said.

“If the virus is detected, those goods will be immediately disposed of, ” he added.

Koh said it will take about three weeks to a month before containers are dispatched to their intended destination.

Michael Jan, Linghang International executive director, said his company’s goods must be wrapped in several layers of packaging, with the outer layer disinfected upon arrival in China.

The company specialises in exporting commodities and products such as durian to China.

“Once the cargo arrives, they will start disinfecting the cargo when unloading it.

“After disinfection, only then it will be stored in the cold room in the terminal to await clearance.

“The authorities are strict about this. No matter what product, it will have to be disinfected, ” he said.

In Malaysia, there is no rule stipulating that imported products must be disinfected, although authorities have been carrying out random checks on such goods.

A spokesman from the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) said its personnel have been conducting random Covid-19 sampling on imported food products.

The sample-taking, the spokesman said, is done randomly for shipments of consignments related to goat, sheep, swine and chicken products.

The sampling is undertaken to monitor for Covid-19 virus transmission, with samples taken from meat imports from countries such as Australia, India, New Zealand and Brazil.

In August last year, some local authorities in China said they found traces of the Covid-19 virus in cargoes of imported frozen food, such as meat.

The Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said it detected isolated samples of living coronavirus on frozen food packaging.

It has since tightened restrictions on imported frozen food products, requiring sellers to provide evidence of thorough disinfection before their products can enter the market.

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